I've recently dscovered a couple of websites that research various charities and provide recommendations on which charities are the best to make your money actually do what it's meant to.
Animal Charity Evaluators finds and promotes the most effective ways to help animals, including investigating the most effective interventions and charities, so that you can make an informed decision about how to create the biggest difference.
Animal Charity Evaluators says the following on their website:
ACE currently recommends The Humane League and Vegan Outreach. We endorse these organizations as effective charities based on a variety of criteria, and believe that they offer the greatest positive impact for animals per dollar donated of the organizations that we considered for our first round of evaluations.
We acknowledge Mercy For Animals and Vegfund as being standout organizations. This means that we think they are potentially high impact based on their use of resources, but that we did not think they warranted a top recommendation. Depending on the organization, this could be due to either a lack of available information or a less efficient use of resources than our top charities.
For non-vegan-specific charities, Give Well is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. They conduct in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.
Give Well lists the following:
These are evidence-backed, thoroughly-vetted, underfunded organizations. We discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of these organizations in this post, and we discuss our process for reaching these recommendations below.
Distributing cash to very poor individuals in Kenya and Uganda
Directly transferring money to poor individuals allows them to purchase that which they believe will help them most. Strong evidence indicates that cash transfers lead recipients to spend more on their basic needs (such as food) and may allow recipients to make investments with high returns, with no evidence of large increases in spending on items like alcohol or tobacco. (For more, see our full report on cash transfers
.) We believe that GiveDirectly effectively distributes cash to extremely low-income individuals. More
Treating people for parasite infections in sub-Saharan Africa
SCI supports programs that treat people for parasitic worm infections that cause short-term symptoms such as anemia, and may cause longer-term developmental problems. These worms are extremely inexpensive to treat. (For more, see our full report on deworming
.) We believe that SCI cost-effectively expands access to deworming treatment. More
Treating children for parasite infections in developing countries
The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action
, supports programs that treat children for parasitic worm infections that cause short-term symptoms such as anemia, and may cause longer-term developmental problems. These worms are extremely inexpensive to treat. (For more, see our full report on deworming
.) DtWI focuses on advocacy and technical assistance to governments providing deworming, and we believe that it cost-effectively increases the number of children receiving deworming treatment. More
I hope these websites help you with deciding how to spend your dollars in the best way.